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2016
Megan Sutherland to speak at Mohawk Valley Conference on Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance
December 13, 2016 |
Utica
,
NY
Program Associate Megan Sutherland is an invited panel speaker at Governor Cuomo's Mohawk Valley Conference on Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance, where she will discuss CTG's project working with four local cities with funding from the Department of State to combat urban blight through regional information sharing. The conference is part of a larger series hosted by Governor Cuomo, with Meghan Cook having spoke at the Capital Region conference. The conferences focus on the potential for planned, coordinated governance with an emphasis on economic development, transportation, housing and environmental preservation.

Meghan Cook to speak at Capital Region Conference on Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance
November 29, 2016 |
Schenectady
,
NY
Program Director Meghan Cook is an invited panel speaker at Governor Cuomo's Capital Region Conference on Sustainable Development & Collaborative Governance, where she will discuss CTG's project working with four local cities with funding from the Department of State to combat urban blight through regional information sharing. The conference is part of a larger series hosted by Governor Cuomo that focus on the potential for planned, coordinated governance with an emphasis on economic development, transportation, housing and environmental preservation. Program Associate Megan Sutherland will speak at the Mohawk Valley version of the conference in December.

Meghan Cook participating in Smart Cities Forum
November 15, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
Meghan Cook will present at the "Smart Cities Forum: Savings, Safey, and Innovation" on November 15th at the New York State Capital Assembly Parlor. The forum, which is hosted by the Capital Region State Legislators in coordination with the New York Conference of Mayors, will focus on efficiencies, barriers, and solutions to cities fully utilizing smart technologies and will be attended by several local mayors and assembly members.

Pardo to be on Jury Panel for National eGovernment Award in Oman
October 23-27, 2016 |
Al Athaiba
,
Oman
Theresa Pardo has again been invited by the Information Technology Authority of Sultanate of Oman to participate in the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment Award Jury Panel for 2016. The national competition is for government institutions and is a result of His Majesty's call for the development of a national strategy developing knowledge of citizens and skills in dealing with information technology and a call for all government institutions to accelerate the enhancement of services by digital technology and best practices.

Ramon presenting on panel at NASPAA conference
October 21, 2016 |
Columbus
,
OH
CTG Research Director and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy Associate Professor J. Ramon Gil-Garcia will attend the Annual Conference of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs & Administration (NASPAA). During the conference, Ramon will participate in a panel discussion about "New Models for Internationalizing Public Affairs Education" where he will discuss the long-term partnership between CTG and Rockefeller College, in addition to the College's many international partnerships.

Cook to present keynote to NYS Bar Association
October 14, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
Program Director Meghan Cook was invited to present the keynote speech at the New York State Bar Association's Corporate Counsel & Business Law Section's Fall Program. Meghan's presentation is titled "Building Smarter Cities: Trends, Research, and Lessons Learned"

IADA Lightning Talk
October 13, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
The Institute for Advanced Data Analytics (IADA) is hosting the first of four Lightning Talk sessions on October 13th at 3:30pm in Milne Hall, room 200. Each IADA Lightning Talk provides an opportunity for you to learn about the Advanced Data Analytic work being done by fellow members of the University at Albany community. These Lightning Talks will help participants test ideas, brainstorm, seek partners and resources, offer skills and capability, explore possibilities for external grants, and more. Topics for the October 13th IADA Lightning Talk includes Secure multimedia data analytics, using advanced data analytics to fight poverty, environmental systems biology of childhood asthma, and neurobiology of neurodevelopment, neuropsychiatric or neurodegenerative disorders. The Talks are free to attend but registration is required.

Cook to participate in national Smart Cities Week, lead panel discussion
September 27-29, 2016 |
Washington D.C.
Program Director Meghan Cook is convening a panel on leveraging sensor data at the 2nd Annual Smart Cities week, an event hosted by the Smart Cities Council and supported by the White House. Sensor technology can be thought of as a city's nervous system, capturing voluntary and involuntary messages and communicating them with different parts of the city. However, it is only transformative when a city has the capacity to leverage the data. Meghan's session, which will allow for candid conversation and brainstorming, will present insights from leaders who have successfully developed the organizational, technical, policy, and human capabilities needed to collect, maintain, and leverage sensor data.

Pardo to attend White House Open Data Innovation Summit
September 28, 2016 |
Washington D.C.
Director Theresa Pardo will participate in the first-ever White House Open Data Innovation Summit, hosted by The Office of Management and Budget. The event will showcase the power of data in tackling the biggest challenges of our democracy, creating positive change, and strengthening the broader civic community by featuring government and non-government success stories.

Canestraro, Cook to speak at NYS Digital Summit
September 15, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
Program Directors Donna Canestraro and Meghan Cook will speak at the annual New York State Digital Government Summit, hosted by Government Technology. Canestraro and Cook will present during the "Breaking Silos - Better Together Than Apart" session and will speak about the benefits of collaboration and shared services. Each year the Summit provides an opportunity for technology professionals throughout the state to learn from leaders across the industry and at all levels of government, helping to spread best practices and spur innovation in the public sector.

Pardo & Dawes to participate in IFIP 2016
September 5-12, 2016 |
Guimarães
,
Portugal
CTG Director Theresa Pardo and Senior Fellow Sharon Dawes will travel to Portugal to participate in the Dual 15th Annual IFIP Electronic Government (EGOV) and 8th Electronic Participation Conference (ePart). Theresa is organizing a workshop to convene the members of the Smart City Smart Government Research Practice Consortium, and during the open government/big data track, Dawes will present a paper entitled "Open Government Data Ecosystems: Linking Transparency for Innovation with Transarency for Participation and Accountability" that she coauthored with Luigi Reggi.

Pardo to speak at Symposium on Human Resource Management & Innovation Strategies
August 30-31, 2016 |
,
Taiwan
CTG Director Theresa Pardo will travel to Taiwan to speak at the 4th International Symposium on Human Resource Management & Innovation Strategies, hosted by the Civil Service Development Institute (CSDI) of the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration of the Republic of China. CSDI is a government training organization for civil servants of China, whose mission is to provide professional trainings for Taiwan’s middle and high-level civil servants. This year, the symposium will focus on the issues of innovation and human resource management in public sectors. During the Symposium's "Strategies of Knowledge Sharing and Innovation Management" session, Theresa will speak about how organizations generate, use, and share data in order to enhance innovation capacity.

Cook to keynote at Smart City Forum
July 14, 2016 |
Saratoga
,
NY
Program Director Meghan Cook will present a keynote talk at the Smart City Forum and Showcase in Saratoga. Hosted by IgniteU NY, the event will include several presentations from Smart City leaders and will highlight smart city solutions. In her presentation, Meghan will share some of what CTG has learned through it’s more than two decades of working with city governments as they strive to make their cities smarter through innovations in technology.

CTG Leadership Institute to host delegation from Uruguay
June 16-17, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
Representatives from the Agency for Management of Electronic Government in Uruguay will travel to CTG for a two-day workshop titled "Developing an Open Government Data Program." The workshop, designed specifically to meet the needs of this delegation, will be led by CTG's Leadership Institute Program Director Donna Canestraro.

Pardo, Dawes, Cook presenting at dg.o
June 8-10, 2016 |
Shanghai
,
China
Director Theresa Pardo, Senior Fellow Sharon Dawes, and Program Director Meghan Cook will participate in the 17th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research. Theresa, who is Conference Co-Chair and a Track Chair, and Dawes, Chair of the Doctoral Colloquium, will speak on a Digital Government Society 10th Anniversary panel, reflecting on the past decade of digital government research. Cook will moderate a panel on smarter cities and present a paper on urban blight. Additionally, the Smart Cities Smart Government Research Practice Consortium will convene.

Pardo to keynote at China NSF's Big Data Governance Forum
June 7, 2016 |
Shanghai
,
China
Theresa Pardo will present the keynote speech at the Big Data Governance Forum, organized by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Fudan University, and Tsinghua University. Theresa will speak about CTG's work in the area of big data.

Pardo participating in Astana Economic Forum
May 25-26, 2016 |
Astana
,
Kazakhstan
Theresa Pardo will travel to Kazakhstan to participate in the Astana Economic Forum, an annual event that brings together representatives from the world’s economic community, current and former heads of states, Nobel Prize laureates, outstanding figures from the scientific world, and businessmen. Theresa will moderate a panel titled “Ensuring that Digital Dividends Improve People’s Lives.” She will also participate in a Digital Kazakhstan 2020 roundtable discussion titled “Building a Digitally Smart Future: Global Trends and Opportunities for Cooperation” that will focus on creating a shared vision and catalyzing partnerships for building a digitally smart Kazakhstan and will also highlight global trends for digital transformation.

Cook to participate in GE Intelligent Cities discussion
May 25, 2016 |
Schenectady
,
NY
CTG Program Director Meghan Cook will participate in 'GE Intelligent Cities - The Future of Smarter Connected Lighting' where experts will discuss how in the age of smart cities, the streetlight is fast becoming an important component in communities.

Dawes to partcipate in UN Economic & Social Council Segment
May 2-4, 2016 |
New York
,
NY
USA
Senior Fellow Sharon Dawes will participate in the United Nations Economic and Social Council’s 2016 Integration Segment (ECOSOC) in May. Sharon will moderate a panel titled “Making it work: Shared vision and innovative thinking in action.” The event will consider the transformative nature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the inter-linkages among the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.

Students to present at NYCOM meeting
May 2, 2016 |
Saratoga
,
NY
USA
With support from the Collaborative Venture Fund, UAlbany and Albany Law School students participating in the inaugural Capital Region Urban Blight Experiential Learning Project will present their findings at the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Annual Conference. Mentored by CTG, students from UAlbany's Department of Informatics, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, and Albany Law School, who are cross enrolled in the 'Law & Social Innovation' course at Albany Law, spent the semester working with officials from the cities of Schenectady and Albany to help identify and acquire the critical information needed regarding blighted properties, including identifying legal intervention options and data driven solutions. This project is an outgrowth of CTG's work with four Capital Region cities on addressing urban blight through regional information sharing.

Meissner organizing, presenting at the New Trends in Informatics Research Conference
April 27, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
USA
CTG Program Assistant Monica Meissner, also an Informatics PhD student at the University at Albany, is on the organizing committee for UAlbany's 11th Annual New Trends in Informatics Research (NTIR) Conference. Additionally, Monica will participate in a group presentation titled "Tackling Urban Blight with Information Sharing: Data Taxonomies, Data Retrieval, and User Behavior as Boundary Objects in a Public Sector Information-Sharing Infrastructure." She will also present a poster, titled "Mapping Information Black Holes in the Zombie Mortgage & Vacant Property Scenario." Monica's presentations in the NTIR conference are an outgrowth of CTG's work with four Capital Region cities on addressing the problem of urban blight through regional information sharing, and is based on the belief held by many experts that the cycle from blighted to vacancy can be interrupted if there is access to adequate information combined with an understanding of the underlying causes of blight in urban areas.

Werthmuller to present at New York IT Leadership Academy
April 21, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
USA
CTG’s Director of Technology Innovation & Services, Derek Werthmuller, will participate in a panel discussion titled “Sailing the Perfect Storm of Data Trends” at the New York IT Leadership Academy, the premier leadership event for New York’s senior level technology executives. During his presentation, Derek will discuss the strategies CTG has used to create health data visualizations for the New York State Department of Health (DOH) in CTG's Summer Lab. CTG’s Summer Lab provides undergraduate and graduate level students with experiential learning opportunities that supplement their classroom education with practical, real-world experience.

CTG Co-hosting Forum on Urban Blight
April 19, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
USA
Cities throughout the country are facing the increasingly persistent and costly problem of blighted and vacant properties. To combat the cycle from distressed to blighted or vacant, leaders are working in new ways to create 21st century remedies. Hosted by the Center for Technology in Government at UAlbany, the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo, and the Rockefeller Institute of Government, this forum will discuss the issue of urban blight within the context of New York State and the issues of economic and social impact on cities and municipalities will be considered, with a particular focus on exploring the challenges involved in solving these problems. RSVP: michele.charbonneau@rockinst.suny.edu or (518) 443-5258.

Ku to present paper at ASPA conference
March 18-22, 2016 |
Seattle
,
WA
USA
CTG Postdoctoral Associate Minyoung Ku will attend the 77th Annual Conference of the American Society of Public Administration to present a paper she co-authored with CTG Research Director, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia. The paper is entitled "Fighting Urban Blight Through Networked Governance: A Cross-Network Approach to Information Sharing" and will be presented during the conference's local government panel.

Dawes to present at British House of Commons
March 9-10, 2016 |
Westminster
,
United Kingdom
CTG Senior Fellow Sharon Dawes will travel to the UK to present at several events on the topic of government information sharing, organized by Professor Rob Wilson of Newcastle University. On March 9th, Sharon will partipicate in an international panel debate entitled "Information Sharing for Public Services" at the British House of Commons, sponsored by the Economic and Social Science Research Council. Sharon and other experts will address one of the most compelling issues in the delivery of public services for citizens: how to make information sharing work better, and where to go from here.

During her visit to the UK, Sharon will also present at an international academic seminar on information sharing at Newcastle University. Sharon will present "A Realistic Look at Open Data" at the seminar, which is hosted by the University's Centre for Knowledge Innovation Technology and Enterprise.

Pardo to speak at Argentinian Forum of Digital Transformation
March 7, 2016 |
Buenos Aires
,
Argentina
CTG Director Theresa Pardo will participate in a panel discussion entitled "International Experiences" at the Argentinian Forum of Digital Transformation, held in Buenos Aires. Theresa will discuss considerations for digital public service innovation and will highlight some best practices. The event, coordinated by the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance, aims to raise awareness about the need for multisectoral public policies, foster an international network of stakeholders, encourage learning about international cases, and more.

Pardo to delivery keynote at ICEGOV
Feb 29-March 4, 2016 |
Montevideo
,
Uruguay
CTG Director Theresa Pardo will delivery a keynote speech entitled "Evidence-based Policy and Sustainable Development: the Role of Open Data" at the 9th Annual International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. In addition to presenting a keynote, Pardo will participate in a panel discussion, and present a paper she co-authored with CTG Research Director J. Ramon Gil-Garcia and CTG Program Associate Megan Sutherland. Pardo is also an organizer of the conference's "Leading Change: A Conversation Among Women Leaders in Digital Government" networking breakfast.

Also at ICEGOV, members of the Smart Cities Smart Government Research Practice Consortium (SCSGRPC) will gather to share ideas and new knowledge. The SCSGRPC, which is based at CTG, is a robust global Smart Cities research community that focuses on innovations in technology, management and policy that change the fabric of the world's cities.

Cook to present at NYCOM's Winter Legislative Meeting
February 08, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
USA
CTG Program Director Meghan Cook will participate in a panel discussion entitled "Innovative Solutions to Dealing with Distressed, Vacant, and Abandoned Properties" at the 2016 Winter Legislative Meeting of the New York State Conference of Mayors. In addition to featuring a discussion about CTG's work helping to develop a regional code enforcement program, the panel will provide an overview of land banking and innovative practices that are being used throughout the country.

Canestraro to present at NYSAC Legislative Conference
February 02, 2016 |
Albany
,
NY
USA
CTG Program Director Donna Canestraro will present "Strategies for local government: Keeping the cost of social media low" at the annual Legislative Conference of the New York State Association of Counties. Each year the conference brings together hundreds of county officials to participate in training programs, learn abuot cutting edge solutions, and hear from state leaders. Donna's presentation will take place during the conference's "Tweet it! Social Media 101 for County Officials" workshop.

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Gasco to present three papers and co-chair workshop at HICSS-51
January 2-6, 2018 |
Big Island
,
Hawaii
CTG Associate Research Director Mila Gasco will be presenting three papers “Providing Public Value through Data Sharing: Understanding Critical Factors of Food Traceability for Local Farms and Institutional Buyers," “Determinants and barriers of e-procurement: A European comparison of public sector experiences,” and “Understanding the Success of Government Portals: The Role of Political Leadership, Standards, and a Powerful Centralized IT Agency” at HICSS-51. She will also co-chair, with CTG Director Theresa Pardo, the workshop on smart cities, titled “Smart Cities and Smart Governments: The Enabling Role of Research and Practice Collaborations in the Urban Context.”